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UMES to receive $1 million toward scholars program from Ravens’ owner

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will receive $1 million toward a scholarship program for Baltimore City Public School graduates through The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation. 

Steve Bisciotti, the owner of the Baltimore Ravens, announced on Thursday he and his wife will make a $4 million donation to Maryland’s Historically Black College and Universities in the name of former general manager and long-time team executive Ozzie Newsome.  

The donation will create the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program, which will underwrite scholarships for 80 Baltimore City Public Schools’ graduates who pursue degrees at one of the state’s four public historically Black institutions through the remainder of this decade, according to a release. 

“We are grateful to the Bisciottis for their generous donation in the name of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Ozzie Newsome,” UMES President Heidi M. Anderson said in a release.  “Our hope is the Newsome Scholars will take this wonderful gift they have been given and use it to make a better world.” 

A view of the UMES campus outside the Student Service Center.

UMES officials will work with the Bisciotti Foundation and its partner, the CollegeBound Foundation, to identify five Baltimore City high school graduates who qualify for a Newsome scholarship at the university. 

Each student who qualifies will receive $10,000 annually for up to five years. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service